This is part 2 of our weekend trip to Portugal. For part 1, click here.
In hearing about Porto, I’m guessing that you’re imagining pretty, colourful townhouses situtated on the hills, lights glistening in the Douro river, blue skies, the Ponte Luis I bridge against the backdrop of a setting sun… This isn’t that type of post.
Maybe you think that it doesn’t rain in this part of Europe. Well, whilstÂ it doesn’t pour down allÂ summer, I can certainly tell you that it can rain non-stop for a good few hours. Yes, this is that kind of post.
Rainy Porto is quite grey. You can see some colours, but without the sunlight it’s just not the same as in the postcards. In order to show you a contrast, I’ve included some photos from a different day so that you don’t finish reading, thinking that its just some kind of average place. It’s actually quite nice. When it rains it seems to become more dark, more like in a fairytale. The buildings and side-streets in the vicinity of Cais de Ribeira speak to the imagination. You probably know that J.K. Rowling lived in Porto and that the famous Lello & IrmÃ£o bookshop is said to have been the inspiration for some of the interiours of the buildings described in the Harry Potter books. IÂ can’t deny that there is something magical about this city. There are also lots of stairs. Get ready for lots of uphill walking. But the views will be worth it. The old city of Porto is really beautiful. Most of the time, the weather is more welcoming, the colours are brighter and the visibility even better.
I have to admit that while being in Port, I didn’t actually try any porto. Thats shameful, but nothing is lost. Sometimes I like to leave myself with an excuse to visit places again.